Rough Fish 2016

  Rough Fish is a pervasive game in which players score points by fishing rubbish out of the canal and tweeting about it. Different types of rubbish will score different points throughout the day, so keep an eye on the online Rubbish Stock Market and the leaderboard to see if you can be the Rough […]

Julias the autonomous Kayak at Tib Lock (Lock 89)

Have you ever wondered what is under the dark water of Manchester’s Rochdale Canal? Look around beneath the surface of the canal without getting wet by piloting a remote control canoe whilst wearing a 360 degree headset. Using a 360 degree camera fitted to the base of a kayak participants will be able to view […]

ShrimpCraft: Floating Digital Art Workshop at Tib Lock (Lock 89)

This workshop shows you how to create floating digital artworks that sense the temperature of the water and display it using flashing lights. Work with artist Ross Dalziel to build a mini computer by connecting simple electronic parts, program it to sense water temperature and flash different coloured lights, then build a raft and release […]

Water Health Monitoring Workshop at Lock 87 Canal Street.

Help monitor the health of the Rochdale Canal with Manchester Metropolitan University. Participants will join Manchester Metropolitan University students to help monitor the health of the canal with testing kits measuring nitrate levels, pH levels, dissolved oxygen and water hardness. This is a ‘just turn up’ activity taking place between 11am and 4pm at Lock […]

Everyday Austerity Art Exhibition at Pioneer Quay

  A researcher at the University of Manchester spent two years working with Manchester families, and then collaborated with a comic book artist to create an exhibition of objects, photos,  interviews and fieldnotes sharing stories of everyday hope and despair. Visitors at the opening of Everyday Austerity at the University of Manchester.   Exhibition cabinet […]

Zine making workshop at Pioneer Quay

Make your own Zine inspired by Manchester’s waterways, with help from the friendly Zine makers from Salford Zine Library.   Salford Zine Library seeks to preserve and provide access to Zines from around the world, as well as promoting Zines and DIY culture through workshops, exhibitions and other events. The Waterside Zine Library is a […]

Waterside Zine Library at Pioneer Quay

Zines are comics and pamphlets made with a Do It Yourself ethos, their subjects ranging from football, to bands, to obsessions with cute red Scandinavian boats. Visitors will be able to browse Zines whilst hanging out at Pioneer Quay, bring a picnic blanket. Salford Zine Library seeks to preserve and provide access to Zines from […]

Creative Underwater Robot Workshop with Dark Water at Tib Lock (Lock 89)

Learn how to assemble a remote control underwater robot using electronic components and Lego. Then send it underwater to film the world beneath the surface. These workshops take place at the following times on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th of September. Workshop 1 – 11.00am – 12.30pm Workshop 2 – 13.00am – 14.30pm […]

“Razzle Dazzle” Canal work boat project launch

‘The Friends of Rochdale 9’ are a community group bringing the 9 Locks of the Rochdale canal that pass through Manchester city centre to life. As well as organising this festival, the group are launching a SpaceHive fundraiser for the Canal & Rivers Trust workboat. The plan is to transform it from a purely functional […]

Coffee Cranks

Coffee Cranks are pedal powered mobile coffee vendors based in Manchester city centre, you might have seen their tricycles around town. They will be serving really good and affordable coffee down at Pioneer Quay all day on Saturday and Sunday. They are organised as workers co-op and use money from the business to support community […]

Manchester Morris Men

Manchester Morris Men will be performing throughout the day on Saturday at Tib Lock, also know an Lock 89, close to the Bridgewater Hall. Manchester Morris Men have been dancing since 1930 and dance both North West Clog Morris and Cotswold Dances.  Over the years, they have danced in many places and at all sorts […]